INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
Last Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals established one of the biggest stages in football. Held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, it saw over 70,000 fans in person. Additionally, over 100 million viewers tuned in across the globe. Shure shares that its wireless audio technology once again facilitated a captivating performance for this spectacular event. The Niles, Illinois-based company adds that RF coordinators, referees and even entertainers have relied on Shure equipment.
Delivering Clear Audio in SoFi Stadium
According to a statement, the lineup included Shure’s Axient digital wireless system. The system captured clear, uninterrupted audio of the game’s most significant moments. These included the pre-match broadcast, key performance elements at half-time and crucial referee decisions at fourth quarter. Off the field, Budweiser’s broadcast of Super Bowl Music Fest and NFL Honors used technology from Shure.
ATK Audiotek contracted Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to manage wireless microphones and IEM systems for pre-game, half-time entertainment and referees.
“Shure Axient Digital microphones have been a key part of our Super Bowl wireless system for the past five years,” says Gary Trenda, Senior RF Technician for PWS. “The PWS team is deploying a Quadversity antenna system which gives us excellent coverage.” He adds that they saw five bars on the quality meter across the stadium pitch with the Axient Digital system. This helped the team gain confidence in the system.
Meeting the Challenges of the RF Environment
Trenda and the ATK Audiotek team depended on 10 AD4Q four-channel wireless receivers and a Shure Spectrum Manager with Wireless Workbench. With this, they evaluated the RF spectrum efficiently and continuously at SoFi Stadium in real time. Additionally, ATK used Axient Digital with Quadversity, a proprietary technology from Shure, leveraging four simultaneous RF inputs to power a single RF channel.
According to a statement, Quadversity can expand the coverage area of a microphone channel or enable multiple coverage areas with additional antenna inputs. It is therefore ideal for harsh RF environments like SoFi.
RF coordinators leveraged Axient Digital’s frequency diversity mode assurance and frequency diversity-enabled transmitters for pre-game audio. The technology also simultaneously transmitted two independent frequencies. Thus, it ensured that the audio remained uninterrupted in the extreme RF environment of SoFi Stadium. The RF coordinators also depended on Axient Digital command and control with ShowLink. According to Shure, it enabled instant, real-time remote control of transmitters throughout the stadium.
Improving the performance of artists
Country music artist Mickey Guyton kicked off the Super Bowl with a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Guyton sang into a custom chrome Axient Digital ADX2FD transmitter with a KSM9 microphone capsule. Shure reveals that Guyton also uses Shure gear on his tours. Additionally, R&B artist Jhené Aiko’s moving presentation of “America the Beautiful” used an ADX2FD transmitter with a KSM9 microphone capsule. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave his electric Super Bowl intro on an ADX2 transmitter with a KSM9 mic capsule.
At halftime, iconic rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg took to the stage brandishing a custom gold-plated ADX2 transmitter with a KSM9 microphone capsule. He also wore Shure SE215 Sound-Isolating in-ear monitors. In fact, all of the performers on the halftime show relied on four of Shure’s class-leading PSM 1000 in-ear personal monitoring systems. They also had 41 Shure P10R Diversity Wireless Pocket Receivers to deliver total audio conviction throughout the performance.
Ensuring high quality sound throughout the Super Bowl
The referees had Axient Digital ADX1 bodypack transmitters paired with Shure’s high-end subminiature TwinPlex omnidirectional lavalier microphones, model TL47. Omnidirectional lavaliers are typically used in audio-controlled environments such as theaters. However, Shure adds that the TwinPlex was uniquely suited to the stadium application.
“Given its reliability and extremely consistent sound, TwinPlex was an excellent choice for our umpires,” shares Super Bowl LVI Stadium FOH Audio Engineer Jack Bowling. “Our team depended on TwinPlex and Axient Digital to deliver high-quality audio from our broadcast and PA credentials.”
ATK Versacom is a wireless intercom service provider. He outfitted the production team with 30 Shure BRH441M single-sided production headphones for the week’s pre-game, pre-game, halftime and post-game broadcasts. All teams, from staging to audio, lighting and video, benefited from seamless two-way communication during the setup and execution of Super Bowl LVI.
Elevate the sound beyond the stadium
Shure technology also provided audio for Budweiser’s “Super Bowl Music Fest” concert series at Crypto.com Arena. The concert series included performances from artists who rely on Axient Digital. These included Machine Gun Kelly, Halsey, Gwen Stefani, Green Day and Mickey Guyton.
Machine Gun Kelly sported a custom pink ADX2 transmitter with an SM58 capsule. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus was on a wired Shure 565SD and her horn section relied on Shure KSM313 ribbon mics. The Shure PSM 1000 in-ear personal monitoring system has also been used by Machine Gun Kelly, Halsey, Stefani, Green Day and Guyton.
Stefani and Green Day’s team also leveraged Shure’s AXT600 Spectrum Manager wideband UHF spectrum frequency scanning, analysis, and coordination for their sets.
Along with this, Shure also provided audio for this year’s NFL Honors show. ATK operated 16 channels of Axient Digital handhelds and belt packs, 8 UHF-R channels for center tube and guitar packs. It also delivered 16 Shure TwinPlex omnidirectional lavaliers and 12 channels of the Shure PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring system for band and orchestra. Handheld microphones used for NFL honors, including those used by host Keegan Michael-Key, were Shure KSM9s. The host and attendees at the awards show were equipped with a mix of Shure AD1 and AD2 transmitters.
“I was extremely happy to have Shure Axient wireless microphones on this year’s NFL Honors, televised live on ABC on Thursday, February 10,” remarks Paul Wittman, production mixer for this year’s NFL Honors show. . “I love the clear, natural sound that Shure mics deliver, which is so important to me for TV mixes.”
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